The Division of International Affairs provides support for international students for their culture immersion, academic success, social networking, and career preparation throughout their four-year education experience at Bryant.
Greetings from the Division of International Affairs!
International education is a critical component of 21st Century higher education, and global engagement is a cornerstone of Bryant’s strategic plan Vision 2020: Expanding the World of Opportunity. I am proud to be leading Bryant’s efforts to formulate the University’s international strategies, facilitate the development and growth of the University’s international programs, support the University’s international collaborations, and promote Bryant’s reputation around the globe.
Bryant University has emerged as a leader in international education. Currently, Bryant University hosts international students from more than 60 countries, and they constitute 10% of the incoming Class of 2019. Collaborating with other University divisions, we provide support for international students for their culture immersion, academic success, social networking, and career preparation throughout their four-year education experience at Bryant.
One of Bryant’s initial international focuses is to bridge education excellence between the U.S. and China. Established in 2005, the U.S.-China Institute celebrated its 10-year anniversary of success in academic, business, and culture exchanges with China. The monthly China Speaker Series features China scholars from the U.S. as well as China who discuss the rapid development in China and its impact in the world. In the fall of 2015 Bryant University opens its door in Zhuhai for the first class of a joint degree program collaboratively run with the Beijing Institute of Technology Zhuhai. Approved by the Chinese authority, Bryant plans to bring the Shu Fang Zhai, an authentic Forbidden City courtyard, to its Smithfield campus – a collaborative project with Beijing’s Palace Museum.
I believe that Bryant’s strong commitment to internationalization attracts international students and faculty who value the strength of diversity and globalization. Bryant’s distinctive approach to internationalization is imbedded in its more than 150-year tradition of excellence that sets it apart from other universities as evidenced by the following:
- Bryant’s unique 4-Year Multicultural and International Leadership Experience (4MILE) and its associated 4MILEstones help our international students on their path to success.
- The Office for International Student and Scholars (OISS) provides comprehensive immigration services for both international students and scholars.
- Bryant’s innovative Sophomore International Experience (SIE) offers our sophomores short-term experiential learning opportunities in seven countries.
- Bryant University’s International Business (IB) program is ranked the 16 th in the nation by Bloomberg Businessweek.
- Our Confucius Institute, the 14th in the nation, brings year-round Chinese language and culture to Bryant campus and local communities.
These are just a few examples of Bryant’s success in international education. I encourage you to explore our online resources and offerings and invite you to visit our beautiful 435-acre campus to experience our diverse community.
Hong Yang, Ph.D.
Vice President for International Affairs
Charles J. Smiley Chair Professor